Author: Mike Griffith

Weekend Music Highlights

There is a lot of great stuff going on this week with some really hard choices on Saturday alone. Tonight, Fruition is playing at Boudin, Bourbon and Beer at Champions Square.  This is a great band and a great event…

Weekend Festival Music

  Abita Fall Fest and Oak Street Po-Boy Festival Tomorrow head out to the Abita Trailhead for the first Abita Fall Fest.  The fest will feature eight hours of music including performances by Marc Broussard, Flow Tribe, Bruce Daigrepont and…

When Music Meets Food

November is rapidly becoming one of the most popular months for festivals and parties that bring together the music and food of New Orleans. Things kick off on the 2nd with the inaugural Abita Fall Fest. This one-day festival will…

Voodoo Fest Returns

  Halloween weekend in New Orleans means it is time for the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park.  As usual the lineup is a blend of established and emergent bands across multiple genres.  The big story this year…

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

  Tonight is the start of the 14th Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. This is one of the great festivals of the year and it is free to attend with drinks and some amazing BBQ available for purchase. The…

Music on Film - The New Orleans Film Festival Turns 30

  This year the New Orleans Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with a program that is absolutely loaded with the sounds of music from here and beyond.  I am especially excited about the premier of "Up From The Streets,"…

The Who at Jazz Fest?

  Amazingly, speculation over the 2020 Jazz Fest lineup is already in full swing and Pete Townshend sent rumors flying when he let slip earlier this week that The Who would be one of the headliners for this year’s fest. …

Beyond the Limits

When you think about music in New Orleans in October there are two great things that come to mind: The first is of course the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience’s annual blow out at the end of the month; the…

Gleason Gras, Calexico and Events This Week

  Gleason Gras Saturday at Champions Square Tomorrow is the 9th annual Gleason Gras Fun Run and Festival. If you’re a Saints fan (seems likely) and love local food and good music (also fairly likely) you’ll want to head out…

Bleached, Sinkane And This Week In Music

  Bleached Tonight at Gasa Gasa with The Paranoyds and People Museum There is a lot of really excellent music going on around town tonight.  Gasa Gasa has an outstanding lineup headlined by Los Angeles pop punk outfit Bleached.  Bleached…

Lil Wayne, Lizzo and More

Lil WeezyAna Fest Saturday Tomorrow Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest returns for its fifth installment.  This year the festival is moving from its original home at Champions Square to the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena.  This shift will allow…

Taking the Lead

This month we have a fantastic lineup of women that, when taken together, represent the best moments and impulses of contemporary music. They all have excellent new albums out and are touring at the top of their game. Things get…

Southern Decadence and Other Things To Do This Week

Southern Decadence Of course Labor Day weekend in New Orleans means that it is once again time for New Orleans’ largest LGBT event of the year – Southern Decadence. On Saturday you can catch the annual Queen B Drag Brunch…

Catching Up With The Brass

  Well the school zone cameras are back on and summer is slowly winding down. Typically the music scene is quiet this time of year, which makes it a great time to catch some of the great standing gigs around…

An Interview With Empath, And 16 Shows This Week

Empath Thursday at Gasa Gasa Thursday night Gasa Gasa has an excellent show lined up with Empath and T-Rextasy opening for main band Mannequin P---y.  T-Rextasy is the “official” Marc Bolan and T-Rex cover band, while Mannequin P---y is a…

Satchmo SummerFest

  Today begins the 19th Satchmo SummerFest at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.  As usual this year boast a great selection of food and a diverse musical lineup that represents the best of what New Orleans has…

Hello Louis!

August begins with the return of the Satchmo SummerFest to The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint for its 19th edition. The festival is always held over the weekend closest to Louis Armstrong’s birthday (August 4)—this year it falls…

Rest in Peace, Poppa Funk

  Recently we have had too many sad occasions to reflect on the lives and careers of legendary artists. Unique talents like Tom Petty, Dr. John, Prince, Scott Walker, Dick Dale, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Dave Bartholomew and now Art…

Pig And Punch, The Stones and This Week In Music

  Pig And Punch Sunday afternoon will mark the 10th anniversary of the Pig and Punch party at Crescent Park.  This event has long served as the unofficial close of Tales of the Cocktail and features a great selection of…

The Essence of the Weekend

  This year the Essence Festival turns 25 and the organizers have pulled out all the stops to celebrate.  The music kicks off Friday evening with a remembrance of Aretha Franklin and a tribute to Patti Labelle featuring Brandy, Doug…

Live and Local

Free Friday at Tipitina’s Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to revisit some old haunts and see some live local music. Tipitina’s Free Friday series is a great excuse to get Uptown for a drink…

Events This Week and Bonnaroo In Review

  Going on this Week Tonight one of the original industrial metal bands – Powerman 5000 – is at Southport Hall.  Also tonight, Khris Royal (the extraordinary local saxophone player) and his band Dark Matter are the Free Friday show…

This Week in Music and a Tribute to Dr. John

Missing Mac In the week since we lost Dr. John there has been an outpouring of remarkable testaments, stories and eulogies.  The thing that was truly great about these offerings is that it seems that almost everyone has a personal…

Anderson .Paak And A Live Concert A Day

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals Saturday Tomorrow night Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals will take part in the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square series. Anderson .Paak and his band are difficult to classify. Their music takes elements…

Oyster Festival

  This weekend is the New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park right in front of the Aquarium.  The festival features the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition on Saturday and the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship on Sunday as…

Festing and Feasting

As the summer really gets going in earnest, there are a couple of excellent smaller festivals to look out for and of course our sister festival—Bonnaroo just up the road in Tennessee. Things kickoff with The Oyster Festival at Woldenberg…

Around Town: This Week In Music

  Tonight The Pinettes Brass Band – New Orleans’ excellent and only all female brass band – are at Bullet’s Sports Bar.  Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor – who seems like he is everywhere these days – brings his quintet to the…